About 1,500 Vietnamese troops accompanied by tanks and artillery left Phnom Penh, the Kampucheans capital, on May 2, for home.
GV PAN Troops moving through large crowds of waving Kampucheans
GV PAN Crowd waving flags, carrying banners
GV Officers walking through crowds with garlands
SV Officers embracing
GV/SV Tanks moving through crowd (2 shots)
SV/GV Soldiers on trucks moving through waving crowds
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Background: About 1,500 Vietnamese troops accompanied by tanks and artillery left Phnom Penh, the Kampucheans capital, on May 2, for home. The pullout, at an elaborate ceremony, was the start of a larger withdrawal from Kampuchea which, according to Vietnamese officials, will involve 10,000 troops this month. Thousands of schoolchildren and civil servants lined Phnom Penh's main avenue to wave the Vietnamese goodbye. The troops who left had been stationed mainly around Phnom Penh and in neighbouring provinces in Central Kampuchea and had been there up to four years. Vietnam invaded Kampuchea in 1978, helping to overthrow the Khmer Rouge regime led by Pol Pot which is said to be responsible for several hundreds of thousands of killings. Vietnam has now an estimated 100,000 troops in Kampuchea. Hun Sen, Foreign Minister of the Vietnam-backed Kampuchean government, told a news conference in Phnom Penh on May 1, the need for the Vietnamese had diminished with the coming of the Monsoon rain. Hun Sen urged neighbouring Thailand to enter talks aimed to resolve border problems between eh two countries. Kampuchean resistance forces, led by the Chinese-backed Khmer Rouge, have been conducting a guerrilla war from their border strongholds against the Vietnamese troops. But Thailand's reaction to the pullback of Vietnamese troops was less than enthusiastic: Thai officials said that it is too early to judge whether the withdrawal would lead to an easing of tension along the border.